Russia Confirms ‘Meteor Shower’ Was Actually a Missile Defense Satellite

January 10, 2019

The Moscow Times:

Russia’s Aerospace Forces has confirmed that a bright object spotted in the sky over the weekend was a missile defense satellite launched 12 years ago.

Videos on social media published this weekend appeared to show a bright object streaking through the sky over New Zealand. “Sweet meteor shower over Gisborne just now,” a Twitter user based in New Zealand tweeted Saturday.

The Kosmos-2430 missile early-warning satellite went out of orbit on Saturday, the state-run TASS news agency reported Thursday, citing North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) data. In a statement to TASS, Russia’s Aerospace Forces confirmed the reports and said the satellite has been defunct since 2012.

The Russian military use Kosmos satellites as part of its Soviet-era “Oko” system designed to detect intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launches.

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